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Are there side effects for acupuncture?

Are there side effects for acupuncture?

Side effects are : Rare w acupuncture. The most common side effect I have seen is someone feeling slightly lightheaded briefly after they sit up (from lying position during the treatment). Infection is extraordinarily rare. Sterile, single use - disposable needles with very small diameter which are solid (not open bore) are normally used. Bleeding is also rare - more common w a bleeding disorder or use of >. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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In ur opinion can acupuncture effectively help social phobia suffers and body tensing? Worth the try? Any negative side effects? How many visits?

In ur opinion can acupuncture effectively help social phobia suffers and body tensing? Worth the try? Any negative side effects? How many visits?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been proven to give complete relaxation. So you should feel no body tensing. It is safe and worth a try. It would be up to you and practitioner to decide on length of treatment. You may also want to try cognitive based therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Back pain. Left side upper quadrant. Done acupuncture, massage, took acetaminophen, rubbed pain reliever lotions, hot compressed it. Still n pain ?

Back pain. Left side upper quadrant. Done acupuncture, massage, took acetaminophen, rubbed pain reliever lotions, hot compressed it. Still n pain
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Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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I had several sessions of acupuncture recently. Does anyone know how long the effects are supposed to last?

It will vary: Effects may be short term or longer lasting. For persistent problems, i would recommend at least 6 sessions to determine of this will help your problem. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture hurt?

Can acupuncture hurt?

Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture work?

How does acupuncture work?

Nerves: Acupuncture involves using special needles that are introduced in certain points on the skin that produces either stimulating or relaxing effect on the organ(s) that this point is related to. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture safe to do?

Is acupuncture safe to do?

Yes: Very safe! there is little bleeding due to needle diameter. There is little infection because needle cored is not hollow - won't drag in skin and bacteria. Lung puncture is avoided by wodging the skin & oblique needle placement. Internal organ contact is prevented by inserting to depths dictated in traditional chinese medicine. But it you faint at the sight of a needle - tell the provider. ...Read more

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